There’s a statewide election, and it’s no surprise that Quentin Palfrey has popped up again to seek another statewide office. After winning the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 2018, Quentin showed up again to pull papers to run for Attorney General.
No discussion of structural racism is complete without an examination of legacy admissions to elite colleges. Opponents of affirmative action never seem to connect it with legacy admission, which is a generational express lane that benefits the privileged elite. Quentin Palfrey isn’t just a legacy admit, he’s a multi-generational legacy admit. Quentin’s admission letter to Harvard College was stapled to his birth certificate.
His website claims Quentin is working to “dismantle the structural racism that holds so many back,” but he’s a social justice commuter. When he moved back to Massachusetts after a stint in Washington, he bought a home in Weston. Weston is at the tail end of the tail distribution on all measures of per-capita income and exclusionary zoning. Apparently Quentin doesn’t want his work to follow him home.
While I admire Quentin’s desire to serve in elective office, it is a demonstration of a sense of elite privilege that he views statewide office as the starting point of his quest. City council? Select Board? School Committee? State Representative? All beneath him. He wants a ticket to the very top of the political hierarchy, without toiling in the vineyards he wants to oversee.
Quentin, if you want to aspire to higher office, move out of your exclusive community and buy a home in Somerville, Framingham, Salem, or Lowell. Live with your commitment to social justice. Run for local office. Make a difference. Once you do that, you could become a credible statewide candidate.